YORKTOWN, N.Y. ‒ A reported agreement that would have allowed a winter farmers market in the Jefferson Valley Mall has fallen through, according to Karen Symington Muendell, the market's owner.
The stumbling blocks to an agreement between the mall and Maize Market Management were the size of vendor booths and having vendors with products similar to those of mall food outlets.
"Unfortunately, the lease agreement between [Maize] and the mall appeared not to be what it was on the surface," Muendell said. "Due to the mall's inflexibility, the market cannot be held at this location."
Jefferson Valley Mall officials did not go into specifics on why the two sides could not reach an agreement.
“While we were unable to come to a mutual agreement, Jefferson Valley Mall wishes Ms. Muendell well with all her future endeavors," mall manager Ryan Hidalgo said in a statement. "We look forward to bringing our shoppers more value-added experiences in the weeks and months to come at Jefferson Valley Mall.”
The market was supposed to be held every Saturday in the center court near the mall's main entrance until May 11.
Muendell said Maize is exploring alternate locations for a winter farmers market in Yorktown, but does not currently have any venues.